Packing for Italy with Gwynnie Bee's Rent & Return Plus Size Clothing Program

In just a few days, I will be traveling to Italy for two weeks with my family. It's a big trip so obviously I've been stressing about my looks for months. At the last minute, I added an additional three-day trip to Chicago so now I needed even more outfits. Let's just say, I was stressed! And that's where plus size clothing rental service, Gwynnie Bee, came through to play a huge role in my last minute packing. 

Gwynnie Bee is constantly being re-stocked with new and fresh items so I had a lot to choose from. I added mostly dresses to my closet and when they arrived I could decide either to rent and return or borrow and buy. I tried out five different things for this trip in total. The two dresses you see here, I decided to rent and return. You'll see the three I decided to bring with me on my travels when I get back! Don't forget to sign up for your FREE 30-day trial to Gwynnnie Bee. 

Packing for Italy with Gwynnie Bee's Rent & Return Plus Size Clothing Program

Although I totally love this Adrianna Papell Abstract Geo Dress, once I tried it on, I realized the length would be a challenge for me. On the model, this dress hit above her knee so I had hopes it would be at least knee length on me, but once I tried it on, I saw that it was midi length on my frame.

Packing for Italy with Gwynnie Bee's Rent & Return Plus Size Clothing Program

I don't necessarily have a problem with midi dresses, but I do prefer to wear them with heels especially when it's a shift style. Since I didn't leave any room in my suitcase for anything taller than a sensible pair of wedge, I decided this plus size shift dress was a rent and return item. 

Packing for Italy with Gwynnie Bee's Rent & Return Plus Size Clothing Program

The next dress I decided to rent and return was this sleeveless crepe dress by Rachel Roy. The slip-on design, stretch fabric and pockets make this an easy choice for comfortable travel.

Packing for Italy with Gwynnie Bee's Rent & Return Plus Size Clothing Program
Because of the handkerchief hemline, this dress worked well for me length-wise. I personally prefer for dresses to either hit above my knee or be maxi length (though I totally can and do wear dresses of all lengths). I paired it here with a small heel but I could definitely see wearing this with wedges or flats - a must for my Italy wardrobe. 

Packing for Italy with Gwynnie Bee's Rent & Return Plus Size Clothing Program

While this dress is totally a great fitting and comfortable, I compared it to the looks I already had picked out for Italy. This dress would've been the darkest piece in my suitcase. The other three dresses I had rented from Italy have bright patterns and fun colors so in the end, this plus dress was a rent return simply because it just didn't fit the vibe I was going for!

Packing for Italy with Gwynnie Bee's Rent & Return Plus Size Clothing Program

As a petite plus size woman, I can't always find things that work for me right off the rack because of length. Returning things can be such a hassle that sometimes I end up getting things I don't really want just because I don't want to deal with returns. That's why I am super grateful to Gwynnie Bee for giving me the chance to try things on before I decide to buy them. Gwynnie Bee gives you pre-paid envelopes so once you do decide you're going to rent and return, it's easy (and free) for you to send it back. 

Packing for Italy with Gwynnie Bee's Rent & Return Plus Size Clothing Program
This service is huge when it comes to travel when you are buying a lot of things at once and often end up needing to make a lot of returns. Gwynnie Bee makes the whole process of packing so much easier! Are you ready to see the three dresses that I am bringing with me to Italy?! Stay tuned! 

AND in the meantime, sign up for your FREE 30-day trial to Gwynnnie Bee! 

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